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Stories by Erica Virtue

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Members of Parliament (MP) who lost millions of dollars to some implementing agencies for years, yesterday vented their frustration during a meeting of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee of Parliament at not being reimbursed.MPs are...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

For more than 25 years, Ean Garth Dixon carried a gun as a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).Dixon was in the first batch of Jamaican soldiers to land on Haitian soil following the earthquake in 2010. Months after returning to Jamaica, he...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The United Pentecostal Church (UPC), the umbrella organisation of apostolic churches in Jamaica, yesterday confirmed the dismissal of Wildman Street Pentecostal Tabernacle (Pentab) pastor John-Mark Bartlett.The confirmation came by way of a two-page...

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

John-Mark Bartlett, pastor of the largest congregation under the United Pentecostal Churches (UPC) banner, has been given 14 days to resign as head of the Wildman Street Pentecostal Tabernacle (Pentab) - the Kingston-based church he has led for...

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Senate on Friday suspended debate on the Agricultural Loans Societies and Approved Organisations Act for a date to be announced, as lawmakers believe more time was needed for closer examination of the bill piloted by Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr....

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Fitz Jackson celebrated his massive win for the position as People's National Party (PNP) chairman over long-time deputy chairman Anthony Hylton, saying that it was the loss of the latter but a win for the party and Jamaica, following yesterday's...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Long-serving deputy Chairman Anthony Hylton, and Fitz Jackson, a key confidant of the party's relatively new president, Dr Peter Phillips, will square off in a historic race today as the People's National Party (PNP) elects its first new chairman in...

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid yesterday made his contribution to the State of the Nation debate in the Upper House with a presentation, which though heavily skewed to the education side of his portfolio, nonetheless included a brief mention...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:53 AMErica Virtue

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday told journalists that it was not the intention of the Government to withhold information, although the Government’s chief spokesman has had to offer numerous clarifications on policy issues from Cabinet...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Jamaica is expected to reap significant benefits with the addition of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the country's energy mix, and the environment is being touted as the big winner.Ahead of a planned conference on natural gas with local and...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Dr Shane Alexis, the People's National Party (PNP) candidate in St Mary South East, told hundreds of delegates and supporters attending the public session of the 79th annual conference of the party yesterday that he was the right doctor for the...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As major local entities seek to lower their electricity bills by introducing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to their energy mix, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is being urged to tweak its operations to move with the times.Major JPS customers...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

New British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad pushed hard for the posting in Kingston as it was one he really wanted.Ahmad, a banker who turned diplomat, told The Sunday Gleaner that he was selected from a number of candidates in the British...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

When Peter David Phillips steps to the podium today to address his Comrades, and the nation, Jamaica's continuing high murder rate is expected to feature prominently in his presentation.No longer under the shadow of the charismatic Portia Simpson...

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Ronald Thwaites-chaired Human Resources and Social Development Committee of Parliament last week called for urgency in the development of tobacco-control legislation which would, among other things, force companies to detail the perils of...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

When Dr Shane Alexis returned to Jamaica after completing medical studies in Cuba, his first job was at Annotto Bay Hospital in St Mary.After careful consideration and having received permission from family and friends to go, Alexis has jumped into...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As the region prepares for any possible fallout after the United Kingdom (UK) pulls out of the European Union (EU), new British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad has sought to allay fears of disruption and chaos in the wake of Brexit.The...

Published:Thursday | September 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert Flynn asked for data to show the number of deaths that can be directly traced to smoking, and guests at yesterday's Human Resources and Social Development Committee meeting of Parliament were happy to oblige with...

Published:Tuesday | September 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A decision on Sunday by the People's National Party (PNP) to keep a popular medical doctor out of the leadership of the party in Eastern Hanover has left some supporters and officials with their mouths agape.The Gleaner was told that the doctor went...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Plagued by criminals, many believed to be from neighbouring communities, residents of New Harbour Village near old Harbour in St Catherine are looking inwards to ensure their safety.In recent weeks, licensed firearm holders, including members of the...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A capacity-filled St Andrew Parish Church in Half-Way Tree, with the crowd spilling into sections of the parking lot, the adjoining graveyard, and Hagley Park Road, yesterday said goodbye to Dr Winston Lloyd 'Owen' Green during a tribute-filled...

Published:Monday | August 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) president Larry Watson says that the International Chamber of Commerce has been a leading instrument for arbitration - the private determination of a dispute - by an independent third party globally. He said that...

Published:Sunday | August 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Ahead of tomorrow's high-level arbitration conference in Kingston, recent amendments to the Arbitration Act of 1900 are being hailed as evidence of Jamaica's push towards economic development.Business and government officials, who were guests at a...

Published:Monday | August 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Administrators at Jamaica's only teaching hospital, the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), are fearful that it may lose this designation because of the chronic overcrowding at the facility.The 579-bed facility is bursting at its seams,...

Published:Monday | August 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Doctors at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), especially those based in the Accident and Emergency...

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